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To meet everyone’s NBA DFS needs, we put out a ton of content each and every day from the world’s #1 ranked player’s rankings and ownership projections, to articles and cheat sheets detailing our experts’ favorite picks and pivots, to videos giving you access to the most up-to-date late breaking news and lineup advice in the minutes before lock, and so much more. But given the abundance of content we realize it can be overwhelming to navigate the site and make sense of it all. That’s where this content schedule comes in. Below is a brief description and link to each piece of content, including whether it’s free or premium (each is posted/streamed daily unless otherwise indicated):

Podcasts & Videos

NBA Early Bird (FREE) (posted on iTunes and YouTube by 10 pm ET the night before) featuring  Dave “Loughy” Loughran, Eric “Emac” MacPherson, Adam “Shipmymoney” Scherer, and Dan Strafford:  Our first-look at the NBA slate from some of the best minds in DFS.  The guys discuss which players and games you’ll need to target based on the early data.

NBA DFS Strategy Show (FREE) (stream starts at 9:15 am ET weekdays, 11:15 am ET Saturdays, 10:15 am ET Sundays): featuring Josh Engleman, Dave “Loughy” LoughranAdam “Shipmymoney” Scherer and Eric “EMac” MacPherson Brought to you by a rotating cast of our top NBA analysts, the NBA strategy show delves into the intricacies of DFS analysis breaking down almost every DFS-relevant player and often resulting in heated discussions regarding Bruno Caboclo’s minutes. The show focuses not only on identifying “plays-of-the-day” but also on strategies on how to approach DFS that are applicable to each and every slate. Engage with the hosts and some of the most knowledgeable and impassioned DFS players around in our premium Slack chat or free YouTube chat.

Deeper Dive (FREE) (streams during 2nd hour before lock typically 5 pm until 6 pm ET) featuring Dave “Loughy” Loughran and Adam “Shipmymoney” Scherer: The companion YouTube stream to our popular “Deep Dive” article, Loughy and Adam dive into the stats, taking into account all of the most up-to-date information in the hour before lock. Come prepared to discuss your favorite plays of the in premium Slack chat or free YouTube chat or just sit back and soak up all that our community of top-DFS players has to offer.

Live Before Lock (FREE) (streams during the hour before lock typically 6 pm until 7 pm ET) featuring Josh Engleman, Fast Eddie Fear, and Chris Spags: Our flagship YouTube show, this stream will impact your ROI unlike any other. We bring you not only the late-breaking news and information but also what it means for your lineups and how to react and adapt as effectively as possible. The guys will also help with last-minute lineups decisions to bring your questions to premium Slack chat or free YouTube chat. Stick around after lock for a first look at contests, some general DFS strategy discussion, as well as post-lock news (including pivots) for those playing on late-swap sites.

Four Corners (FREE) (posted by 3 pm ET on weekdays) featuring Chris Spags: A short form “picks” style video focused on the four key inflection points of the slate and how to approach each. Loaded with relevant data and Chris’s inimitable style, the Four Corners video is a popular short-form companion to our in-depth daily fantasy content.


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NBA Fantasy-Point Projections (Premium) (posted by 9 am ET/updated throughout the day as news breaks): Our fantasy point projections breaks down every element of a player’s projected performance and synthesizes thousands of data points into one easy to use fantasy-point projection for each player that can be used as a reference for hand-building lineups or plugged into an optimizer to create hundreds of lineups within seconds. The player’s projections page also provides underlying data including each player’s expected minutes played, usage rate and breaks down each statistical scoring category (points, rebounds, assists etc.).

NBA Ownership Projections (Premium) (posted by 9 am ET/updated in the hours before lock as news breaks): As the the competition becomes increasingly sophisticated, it’s not only important to know who the best plays are but also who the best players are that no one else talking about. Ownership projections provide you insight into where the “field” (other players) will land and how you can pivot away from over-owned and target under-owned players and give you the competitive advantage you need to take down large GPPs.

Awesemo’s NBA Rankings (Premium) (posted by 12 pm ET and updated within minutes of news breaking in the hour before lock): The world’s best DFS player releases his letter grade rankings for each and every fantasy-relevant player on the day’s slates. Perfect for hand-building lineups or comparing to your own projections to test for accuracy, these grades are also featured in our Lineup Builder.


Tools

NBA Lineup Builder (Premium) (updated each day by 12 pm ET): The Lineup Builder is the perfect tool for hand-building lineups. Equipped with Awesemo’s proprietary rankings and ownership projections, as well as Vegas implied totals, matchups and lineup information, this tool aggregates all the information you need to build your best lineup onto a single page. Lineups you build on this page will receive both a GPA based on Awesemo’s rankings and a contrarian percentile ranking for evaluating whether your GPP lineups are too “chalky.”

NBA Fantasy Cruncher optimizer (Premium add-on) (updated the night before): The most powerful optimizer in DFS, available as an add-on to Awesemo.com premium members, is updated the night before with all of the day’s slates.

NBA Lineup Study (Premium add-on): Analyze how the top players are building their lineups to take your game to the next level. Every single DraftKings contest is available to be analyzed to see what the pros are doing!

Slack Chat (Premium) featuring all of our analysts and the world’s most passionate DFS community: join us in our NBA slack channel where we’re talking strategy and plays (and sometimes sweating lineups) into the late hours of the night.


Articles

Engleman’s Essentials NBA Cheatsheet by Josh Engleman (FREE) (posted by 9 am ET/updated at 5 pm ET): Based on Josh’s expected exposure to the night’s slate, he lists his top 15 players appearing throughout his lineups.

Switch and Hedge (FREE) (posted by 1 pm ET on weekdays) by Chris Spags: Not your ordinary picks article, the Switch and the Hedge will likely be the most entertaining piece of DFS content you read today with a combination of depth, analysis and humor unique to the daily fantasy industry. From the mind of one of our top NBA DFS analysts, Chris Spags (formerly of Barstool Sports) delves into the day’s slate with a focus on finding that one pivot no one else is talking about that might just win you a big GPP (as well as the frequent wacky narrative).

NBA DFS Cash Building Blocks (FREE) (posted by 1pm ET on days with 5+ games including weekends) by Eric “EMac” MacPherson: Your Ol’ Pal has been playing fantasy basketball for 30 years and has pretty much seen it all.  This article will focus on the “best” aka Prime Time Player of the day that if you are building one lineup, you can be confident that they are nearly a lock to still be in your lineup at tip-off.  He will also provide commentary on other undervalued players or “games to target” as well as the FantasyCruncher tip of the day.

Deep Dive (Premium) (posted by 3 pm ET every day but Sunday) by Dave “Loughy” Loughran and Adam “Shipmymoney” Scherer: We guarantee you that you won’t find a more in-depth daily DFS article anywhere else. Averaging 2500+ words for large slates, you’re going to want to set some time aside to read it from start to finish. Your ROI will thank you.

Not yet a member? What are you waiting for? Sign up HERE. Promo code NBASCHEDULE gets you 50% off your first month of any sport or all-access.

A self-proclaimed U.S. history buff, stats enthusiast, and rabid fan of anything Detroit (yes, even the Lions), Awesemo started playing daily fantasy sports in 2013 and never looked back. After graduating with a degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, he began developing advanced statistical models and applied his unique skill-set first to poker, then as a full-time DFS player. He has since dominated DFS, becoming a fixture on leaderboards and cementing his position as the top-ranked overall player according to RotoGrinders. Competing in most guaranteed prize pool tournaments, he has ranked in the top 3 across major sports, including NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, and MLB. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of fantasy sports with new and experienced players alike. Career Highlights: #1 Overall Ranking; 14x FanDuel $100k winner, 11x DraftKings Hundred-Thousandaire; 20x Live Final qualifier. You can contact him on Twitter @awesemodfs or by emailing support@awesemo.com.

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NBA Finals DFS Primer: Kevin Durant’s Injury And The Warriors’ Season Hang In The Balance In Game 5 Vs The Raptors

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The Raptors stole Game 4 at Golden State to take a 3-1 series lead that may cut this year’s NBA DFS Finals slate short. Despite the returns of Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, it’s a tough but poetic deficit for the Warriors to need to overcome after previously blowing a 3-1 lead to Cleveland before they signed Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016. Though Thompson and Looney are likely to play again, Durant’s status currently hangs in the air with Durant officially ruled questionable and the Warriors and coach Steve Kerr reportedly “optimistic” he’ll play in this do-or-die game. Durant’s injury may not be fully healed or ready to go by game-time so it’s an injury to watch closely before building NBA DFS lineups for Finals Showdown slates on DraftKings and FanDuel. But my current assumption based on reports and preliminary post-practice reports is that he’ll attempt to give it a go and I’ll cover the relevant  angles accordingly in today’s NBA DFS Finals Primer.

The Raptors are currently a two-point favorite for the NBA Finals Game 5 which will tip off at at 9PM Eastern and a lot of things will change on both sides of the ball with a potential Kevin Durant return. I’ll walk you through the data and what I’ve seen thus far this series for all of the players who seem to be relevant for this game with a ton of big tournament prizes across the NBA DFS industry (while I simultaneously hope that the Warriors somehow stay alive to give us at least a few more NBA Finals games to watch this season).

You can use the promo code SWITCHANDHEDGE for half off the first month of any of our new Awesemo+ memberships that include premium data and tools across a variety of sports and you can also check out our NBA projections and NBA DFS Finals Showdown ownership projections for FREE the second they go live. But now let’s get onto the NBA fantasy ramifications of everything and my breakdown here in our NBA DFS Finals Primer for Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.

Golden State Warriors (105.8 implied points, -12 on season average) at Toronto Raptors (107.8 implied points, -6.7 on season average)

 The Warriors are currently “optimistic” that Kevin Durant plays with his calf injury and I would think he gives it a shot after practicing, albeit with a limp walking in and out of the court, on Sunday. His injury seems like one where he should be even more limited than Klay Thompson was in his Game 4 return with reports that Durant didn’t look good in a Thursday dress rehearsal and that his conditioning is also unlikely to be there. Much like Klay, he can still score and that’s where you’d hope he derives value. I wouldn’t force him into lineups but matching the field assuming we get confirmation he’ll be available seems like something worthwhile.

Klay Thompson also was in winning lineups in Game 4 despite a situation where he was clearly a bit hobbled in terms of his activity as we discussed here last time. The good news is his shot was mostly unaffected with 11-for-18 shooting including 6-for-10 from deep but his three boards were a series low and he contributed no steals and zero assists. The scoring from Klay can get him where he needs to from a fantasy perspective, particularly in lineups that assume underperformance from Steph Curry, but it’s a narrow margin of error that I would not want to load up on significantly above the field given how he should lose some usage and how unlikely he seems to be able to contribute much with other peripherals.

Steph Curry had a tough Game 4 with him looking appreciably fatigued from his high exertion Game 3 and more defensive attention as a result of Toronto wanting to let Klay Thompson prove he could shoot. Curry was not in Game 4 optimal lineups with his 42.5 FP not enough of a differentiator from Klay’s 37.75. The rest for Curry should help but the potential of Kevin Durant back in the lineup makes it a bit of a different situation. Durant’s return would increase the defensive spacing Curry would see with him likely just to be hounded by Fred VanVleet rather than see multiple defenders. But whatever court time Durant sees would likely cut into Steph’s usage enough that I would be reluctant to trust him as a Captain and would be willing to go away from him more than the field too as a regular roster spot. In lineups without Durant, and obviously should Durant end up not able to go, Steph is more palatable all around.

Draymond Green had 44.25 FP with 12 assists and nine rebounds as well as 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting in Game 4 but the potential return of Durant would make me a bit less interested in him at his current price. The Warriors will need less of Draymond to make plays happen at pace if Durant is in there theoretically able to do some sort of isolation scoring so I’d downgrade him a bit if we know Durant is a go. If he’s out, Draymond seems like a decent play if you can make the price work.

DeMarcus Cousins was a total nonfactor in Game 4 with 14.5 FP in just 15 minutes and a Durant return would also cut into any usage he could have with just six and seven attempts in his last two games. It’s hard to imagine wanting much of him outside of maybe a few prayers for tournaments.

Andre Iguodala as well gets lets interesting with a Durant return after a 21.5 FP effort in Game 4 in 38 minutes. His price feels a bit too high for the changes that would bring but he’s more interesting as a mid-priced option if Durant can’t go.

Andrew Bogut was down to 11 minutes in Game 4 while Kevon Looney returned to 20 minutes after a collarbone injury was feared to take him out for the rest of the season. Looney noticeably winced with the injury a few times but was still able to work through it and I’d be more comfortable playing Looney even though his price is obnoxiously high. Bogut is playable in lineups where his salary helps accomplish something as a pivot to Looney but is unlikely to be worth much exposure.

Shaun Livingston was in optimal lineups yet again in Game 4 and he would be in consideration again if Durant were unavailable. With Durant in, I’m less inclined to go there with it seeming likely that at least a few of those minutes come from him.

-Despite a rising price Kawhi Leonard still seems like a near must-have in a regular roster spot or as a Captain. His 68 FP in Game 4 was a playoff high for him and his 22 shot attempts were the most of the series. He was defended by Kevin Durant in their one shared matchup earlier this season and if he sees a hobbled Durant much as he did a hobbled Klay, he should be able to take advantage. Though he shot only 1-for-5 against Klay, he was able to draw two shooting fouls due to Klay’s limited mobility and that can be problematic if Durant isn’t fully mobile.

Pascal Siakam had 14 shot attempts in Game 4 and hit only six of them but he’s in the mix with his upside in scoring in rebounding in any of these games. But I think the return of Durant could help him in a couple ways: 1) Durant’s length could cause the offense to flow away from Kawhi a bit more than usual and that could mean more opportunities for Kawhi to attack. 2) The usage Durant takes away from everyone could make Siakam an interesting pivot to one of Draymond Green, Durant, Curry, or Klay at comparable price points. Siakam is the closest non-Kawhi salary pivot to all of them and to me that makes him an interesting tournament option, possibly even as a Captain.

Kyle Lowry came back down to Earth in Game 4 with 3-for-12 shooting, largely fueled by 1-for-5 shooting with the returning Klay Thomson on him. Lowry’s price makes him a bit appealing but how he’s struggled with Klay defense doesn’t instill me with a ton of confidence.

Marc Gasol’s 24.25 FP in 28 minutes made for a solid but unspectacular effort and that was enough combined with his price to get him into optimal NBA DFS Showdown lineups. His price has actually come down and he seems unlikely to see appreciably less minutes so I have no problem at all with him and may even be willing to have some of him at Captain.

Serge Ibaka was in the optimal lineup for the second straight game with a strong 30.5 FP effort with a shockingly high 9-for-12 shooting day for 20 real life points. Ibaka still only saw 22 minutes, the same amount he’s had the last two games, so the margin for success for him is a bit more narrow with his price up and him needing to take minutes from Gasol or Siakam to appreciably increase his upside any more than we’ve seen.

Danny Green still saw 30 minutes last game despite a 1-for-8 shooting day that including 1-for-7 from deep. He’s the most tournament-y play in the series with his Game 4 13.75 FP day following a 32.25 FP effort in less minutes with 6-for-10 shooting in Game 3. Green’s price is down and he makes an interesting pivot off of some likely to be higher Ibaka ownership but there’s just as good of a chance he bricks every shot as it is that he meaningfully hits value.

Fred VanVleet remains in play despite his high price with 29 minutes played before a face injury knocked him out of the game after an elbow to the face. He theoretically could have played substantially more minutes given that the injury knocked him out in the beginning of the 4th quarter so it’s possible he sees a ton of court time as a defender who’s meaningfully made a different in the series with his defense of Steph Curry. Curry shot just 2-for-8 vs VanVleet last game, including 1-for-5 from deep, and his ability to make Steph earn it should continue to get him the minutes to capitalize on.

Follow me on Twitter @ChrisSpags and good luck with what could be our last NBA DFS game of the season!

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The rankings for fantasy points and value are derived directly from my own fantasy NBA projections. Roster players with solid value rankings and spend most if not all of your salary. I’m confident that lineups built using this method will be competitive in tournaments.

My rankings will be available for free for the first two days of the NBA playoffs.  To access my rankings, ownership, Chris Spags’ articles, and Josh Engleman’s projections, use the our promo code NBAPlayoffs and NBAPlayoffsFC to get our NBA package for $50 for the playoffs or $90 with FC.

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Initial ownership percentages are posted daily by 1:00 PM ET and are updated every two hours throughout the day with a final update occurring 30 minutes before lock.  Note that last-minute injury reports will impact not only the injured players’ or their replacements’ ownership, but can affect overall roster construction and therefore, every other player on the slate.

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